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Augusta Fire Chief Howard Willis back home after brief hospitalization

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011 7:41 PM
Last updated 7:44 PM
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Augusta Fire Chief Howard Willis, who is out on leave after a medical incident that happened on the job last week, was readmitted to University Hospital on Monday, City Administrator Fred Russell confirmed.

The chief spent Monday night in the hospital but was released Tuesday and "sounded good," Russell said.

Willis, who has been with the department since 1977, has recently come under fire from the Augusta Firefighters Association, whose spokesman Charles Masters says certain departmental policies are putting firefighters' lives in danger.

Russell said he expected the chief to be on medical leave for "an unknown period." Willis' wife, Anne, said last week her husband's doctor recommended he take things easy for a while.

Deputy Chief Mike Rogers is serving as interim chief in Willis' absence, while Battalion Chief Wayne Taylor is interim Emergency Management Agency director, a position Willis also held.

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Cadence 09/20/11 - 11:40 pm
I wish him the best. Stress

I wish him the best. Stress will kill you and nothing is worth this kind of tension. I hope that he will take it easy.

EMS6465 09/21/11 - 03:37 am
Sounds like he is getting to

Sounds like he is getting to bail the ship on a Medical Retirement. Maybe Augusta can now move into the present instead of being 20 years behind the rest of the country in Firefighting.

fd1962 09/21/11 - 07:54 am
Twenty years behind? Hardly.

Twenty years behind? Hardly. Seems like 9 of every 10 fires burn down to the ground anyhow, with or without fire 'fighting.' The real goal involved is bureaucracy building. Just look at Columbia County's example.

InChristLove 09/21/11 - 11:28 am
EMS6465, sounds like you are

EMS6465, sounds like you are happy Chief Willis is having medical issues and is out of the way now.....or did I read your post wrong.

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